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Associate Editor (Employee: Full Time)


The person in this position participates in the manuscript evaluation, review, and revision processes by reading manuscripts, identifying authors and reviewers, evaluating review comments, and working with authors to improve their manuscripts within established editorial guidelines.


The associate editor is expected to have and develop domain specific knowledge that is relevant to health policy, such as public health, economics of health care, health law, medicine or other clinical specialties, global health, or the social sciences.


The associate editor performs other editing and writing duties as assigned, collaborates with other editorial, communications, and business staff, and provides support as needed to promote journal content and events.




  • Read manuscripts and identify and invite peer reviewers to comment on assigned papers; read and evaluate these comments; write memos summarizing review outcomes; and make publication recommendations.
  • Manage review process for assigned papers, monitor deadlines and maintain contact with reviewers throughout process.
  • Review manuscripts for accuracy, presentation, adherence to editorial standards.
  • Correspond with authors during revision process, making recommendations and offering guidance on writing, incorporating substantive comments from review process, and adhering to editorial requirements for length, readability, abstract, exhibits, and endnotes.
  • Monitor author deadlines, maintain contact with authors, and answer queries pertaining to manuscripts, etc., through manuscript management system, e-mail and telephone communications.
  • Evaluate revised papers, enforce style requirements, and prepare papers for production through careful text editing.
  • Research and complete writing assignments as needed, e.g., People and Places, Entry Point, short book reviews.
  • Participate in editorial meetings.
  • Develop expertise in health policy by reading relevant news service summaries and news articles, journals, books, attending conferences/meetings, etc.
  • Develop contacts in the field through phone contact, working with authors and reviewers, attending meetings.




  • Bachelor’s Degree; advanced degree in public health, medicine, law, economics, or a related field is a plus
  • Interest in health care and social policy/sciences
  • Ability to translate complicated material into prose suitable for lay audiences.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals in many disciplines, in academic and policy communities.
  • Must be attentive to detail, analytical, and highly organized Able to work independently and within a team
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and able to adapt to changing needs.
  • Able to juggle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines
  • Adept at using a variety of software packages (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, databases) and Web applications




  • 3+ year’s professional experience
  • Background in policy, health, or publications environment
  • Editing experience




The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




Must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment and must be able to communicate in verbal and written form.




Typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level.


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